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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger by Bo Hoefinger

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!
Nice to see you all again...viturally of course.  Just wanted to say WELCOME to all the new followers (~waves~) and I hope you enjoy your time on the site....and of course to all my "tried and true" followers.....YOU ROCK, you know it, though it never hurts to say it again.  Let's get this show on the road, shall we?

To those of you reading this on 05/05/10, HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO to you!  What's that?  You don't know what Cinco de Mayo is?  Silly's the Wiki link for a brief official description, but in general terms, the phrase literally means "the fifth of May" and is a day that we celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.  Ever wonder why you tend to see a few more fiestas on May 5th?  Now you know!  I bet you're wondering on how Earth I am going to tie this information in to the book discussed today....ah, ye of little faith.

It is with our little friend the chihuahua that I am able to do so.  You know them as the cute little guys that shake and shiver but love us all the same.  With tiny bodies and big hearts, their bulgy little eyes glimmer with cuteness and a tinge of wonder many households make them a part of their families.  That's right!  Dogs are a part of many families, counted as a "fuzzy child" to many an owner.  Speaking of the little fuzzies, the book featured today (see, it's rolling right into to) is not only about a dog, but'll see.  Today's book of choice is....

Bad to the Bone:
Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger
of's "For the Love of Dog" Blog

Who is Bo Hoefinger?  Why has he written a book with such an unusual (and attention grabbing...for me anyway) title?  Bo is the author (stay calm....I'm about to elaborate on that....) of this book but he is not like any you've met before.  Whether you stalk local author stops of your favorite writers or inundate their email boxes with words of praise, I guarantee you have not met a writer of his pedigree...I mean background... before.  Wanna know how I know?  (Just, I'm kidding!)  He's a dog! 

Bo takes us into his world letting us get up close and personal (very personal in some cases) with his family, friends, and chance encounters.  Let's meet a few of the central members of this crew.  There's Moose...the cat.  She likes long walks on the counter and licking the just done chicken that mother had prepared for father's dinner...oops!  Copper, a later sisterly addition to the family, she tends to take the underdog position in their unusal pack but with a hearty smile and a little self-made music (yeah, she tends to pass gas...A LOT).  Father, the man that feeds them, plays, with them, administers enemas when the vet is busy and acts as a loving elevator when the bed is just out of reach.  Mother, the home engineer and entrepreneur of the family, best left to her own devices when solving a money solution creatively, but not so much in the kitchen (yeah....the Christmas party "bring-a-dish" invitations said to bring a dish, it didn't specify how edible it had to be).  Who am I forgetting...who, who, who....oh, BO!

Bo is a dog in a class all his own.  He's sweet and funny, sentimental and snarky; he's not afraid to tell it like it is nor take the blame if the situation warrants.  Many a fun and crazy antic is revealed as Bo takes an unfiltered look at his daily life and puts paw to page to share it with you.  From the first moment he chooses his family (which gets him out of "the joint"), to his final thoughts (not final, final....just last in the book) on a life well lived and the importance of family and friends, this is one memoir that is sure to please almost any reader.  Anyone that has had a dog, has a dog, or merely is thinking about getting a dog...should read this book.  Seriously, it is that much fun.  The stories shared are laugh out loud good and yet true all at the same time.  (I believe I've heard something like that before..."the truth is stranger than fiction"...not to mention some of his adventures sound oddly familiar of my own pups...)

Special thanks to Paula at AME for the review copy.  (THANKS!) For more information about this book and more, check out their site on BookBlogs.NING or follow along on Twitter!  Of course, Bo is online as well...more information on his adventures can be found at Dogster, his author page, his blog, and yes...even on Twitter! (Yep...guess you I just added to my "following" list....)

Calling all pet owners!  I'm sure that you've got a million and one stories about your little fuzzies, I know I do.  Care to share one of those funny moments with us?  The comments are open....feel free to SPEAK...I mean share!

Hasta Manana....that is to say until tomorrow....happy reading!


The1stdaughter said...

So MUCH fun! This book looks like a great read, fun and light hearted. Fab review!

As for a story about a pet...I probably have too many. But I once has a cat that would literally climb the thatch walls in our home to say hi to our bird Puff Puff. They were best friends oddly enough. Definitely quite funny the first time I caught him doing it! (Hopefully I haven't already shared this.) :o)

Emidy @ Une Parole said...

Such a cute book! Wow, funny pet stories... there are so many to choose from! It's hard to describe properly, but I'll try.

I have a small dog, so during the winter I have to put boots on his little paws do they don't get cold. When I tried to put them on him, he would lift up his paws SO high and walk in a really funny way!

Alexia561 said...

Looks like an adorable book! Love pet memoirs!

Had a cat once who liked to hang out on top of the kitchen cabinets. She would leap from the counter, to the top of the fridge, to the top of the cabinets. Trouble was, she couldn't get down on her own so we had to "rescue" her. Silly kitty! :D

Gina said...

the1stdaughter: Agreed! Aww..that's such a cute story! One place we lived, there was a stray cat in the neighborhood. Very skittish, but eventually warmed up to us. One day we were going outside with Zoe (Mom's German Shepard) and there was Mama Kitty, right on the step. I was thinking OH NO...but all she did was let the cat nuzzle her legs and sniff her head. They became fast friends. ^_^

Emidy: LOL. My Winston had little boots that went with his Santa outfit for Christmas....yep, I DEFINITELY know the funny walk you mean!

Alexia561: Aw...poor thing! Pets are awesome like that though...

Jenny said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I have it to review later this month. Was it a quick read?

Tales of Whimsy said...

Oh how fun. I want to read this. I love doggy related stuff.

Mr. Whimsy use to have a medium sized (short) dog that could jump 6 foot fences :)

Gina said...

Jenny: Yes, it was great fun! Be great to see what you think of it! Regarding the quick's really as fast or as slow as you'd like. Nothing too tedious but it greets you like an old friend so you want to relish the conversation. Enjoy! ^_^

Juju: *smile* Wow! They could jump 6 foot fences? That is bordering on super dog! LOL. Dogs are so resourceful and gotta love 'em. Thanks for sharing! ^_^

Bo said...

Hi GMR...this is Bo, author of 'Bad To The Bone.' I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my book and the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed joining me on my adventures.

I also wanted to let everyone know that my book is dedicated to rescue and shelter workers who make this world a better place, one animal at a time. I donate 10% of the proceeds to help homeless dogs...and cats.


Gina said...

Bo: author comment...YAY! Thanks for stopping by Bo! I'm sure my own fuzzy friends will be excited to read your comment as well as my fellow readers. Your story was definitely one to remember and the fact that you donate a portion of the proceeds to help those in situations similar to your own beginnings makes it just that much more special. Thanks again for stopping by! ^_^

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